Janet and Tony:
Stephen is trying to find an old Cuban exile friend. Any help will be appreciated.
I sent this to two very important people. When Janet Ray Weisinger was six years old and living in Ozark when her Daddy, Pete Ray, was recruited by the CIA. Later he was murdered by Fidelistas at Bay of Pigs. Castro froze his body, displayed it and Janet worked for years to get her Daddy's remains back to Tarrant near B'ham and have him buried.She is considered a V.I.P. among the exile community in Miami and elsewhere. Her website is http://wingsofvalor.org
Tony was born in Cuba and is a professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is one great guy and I know he will help you all he can.
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You seem to be familiar with Cuba. Have you ever heard of the
Lastras? Anselmo Lastra had a large plantation on the Cuban shores
and was in the cabinet of several regimes before Castro took over; an
engineer, he designed and built the concrete roads in Cuba. A
non-political, he was Minister of Roads under Batista. The family
fled from Cuba to Miami upon the revolution with only their clothes
and Senora Lastra's jewelry. They ended up in Atlanta in the late 60s
and early 70s, Senor Lastra having taken a job as a civil engineer.
His son, Rafael, was a dear friend of mine. We traded guitars for
several years. He took my ES335 to learn to play electric, and I took
his Martin 12-string. We traded back several years later. I lived
with the Lastras for 5-6 months in Atlanta in 1970.
Ralph later played in bands around Atlanta, and I visited him in the
mid-70s, but have not heard from him in almost 30 years. I have tried
unsuccessfully to find him several times. If you have any info on him
I would really appreciate it. His brother is Anselmo Lastra.